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PoemTalk at the Writers House

PoemTalk at the Writers House, hosted by Al Filreis and based at Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia. PoemTalk is a collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, Jacket2.org, and the Poetry Foundation.

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Episode 105 - No truths self-evident

Kristen Gallagher, Kerry Sherin Wright, and Joshua Schuster join Al Filreis to discuss Michael Magee's "Morning Constitutional."

50mins

17 Oct 2016

Rank #1

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Episode 75 - Strange galvanics

Tracie Morris, Kristen Gallagher, and Michael Magee join Al Filreis to discuss Will Alexander's "Compound Hibernation."

30mins

30 Mar 2014

Rank #2

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Episode 103 - Swear it closed

Rachel Zolf, erica kaufman, and Eileen Myles join Al Filreis to discuss four poems by Simone White from "Of Being Dispersed."

37mins

9 Aug 2016

Rank #3

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Episode 50 - State of Error: Tom Raworth, "Errory"

Charles Bernstein, Michael Hennessey, and Marjorie Perloff gather at the Kelly Writers House to talk about Tom Raworth's poem, "Errory."

30mins

28 Feb 2012

Rank #4

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Episode 73 - Is it over already?

Patrick Durgin, Thom Donovan and Tyrone Williams talk with Al Filreis about Steve Benson's 2003 improvisation consisting only of questions

31mins

8 Jan 2014

Rank #5

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Episode 44 - Fred Wah on race in Canada

Lisa Robertson, Jeff Derksen, Bob Perelman, Al Filreis, and Fred Wah himself, discuss Wah's poem "Race, to go" from the series "Discount Me In" which was published in the book "Is a Door."

29mins

13 Sep 2011

Rank #6

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Episode 43 - John Wieners by night

Ammiel Alcalay, Gary Barwin, Danny Snelson, and Al Filreis discuss John Wieners's poem "The Acts of Youth" from his book "Ace of Pentacles" (1964).

34mins

12 Sep 2011

Rank #7

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Episode 48 - Angelic Poems: Edgar Allen Poe, "Dream-Land"

A discussion of Poe's "Dream-Land" with Jerome McGann, John Timpane and Tom Devaney

28mins

19 Dec 2011

Rank #8

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Episode 28 - Spicer to shrink: drop dead

Julia Bloch, CA Conrad, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, and Al Filreis discuss Jack Spicer's "Psychoanalysis: An Elegy"

25mins

3 Feb 2010

Rank #9

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Episode 102 - Mind's not right

Lisa New, Rafael Campo, and Christina Davis join Al Filreis for a special PoemTalk recorded at Harvard University to discuss Robert Lowell's "Skunk Hour."

44mins

12 Jul 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 97 - Articulate beyond walls

Michael Kelleher, Daniel Bergmann, and Ron Silliman join Al Filreis for a discussion of three poems by Larry Eigner: "Again dawn," "A temporary language," and "Unyielding / rock."

47mins

17 Feb 2016

Rank #11

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Episode 98 - Weakness stalks in pride

Herman Beavers, Salamishah Tillet, and Chris Mustazza join Al Filreis to discuss James Weldon Johnson's "O Southland!"

45mins

15 Mar 2016

Rank #12

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Episode 47 - Inalienable writes: Rosmarie Waldrop, "Shorter American Memory of the Declaration of Independence"

Jessica Lowenthal, Julia Bloch, Johanna Drucker, and Al Filreis discuss Rosmarie Waldrop's "Shorter American Memory of the Declaration of Independence"

30mins

10 Nov 2011

Rank #13

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Episode 71 - Constrained to honor

Herman Beavers, Salamishah Tillet, and Kathy Lou Schultz joined PoemTalk producer and host Al Filreis to talk about Claude McKay's widely anthologized sonnet, "If We Must Die" (1919)

31mins

8 Oct 2013

Rank #14

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Episode 72 - Gone is the word as word

Jaap Blonk, Danny Snelson and Steve McLaughlin joined PoemTalk producer and host Al Filreis to talk about Bob Cobbing's sound poem, "Portrait of Robin Crozier"

31mins

20 Nov 2013

Rank #15

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Episode 46 - Jackson Mac Low on Ezra Pound

Charles Bernstein, Pierre Joris, Joan Retallack, and Al Filreis discuss Jackson's Mac Low's Words nd Ends from Ez.

44mins

14 Oct 2011

Rank #16

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Episode 104 - Explode for small change

Yolanda Wisher, Charles Bernstein, and Patricia Spears Jones join Al Filreis to discuss Akilah Oliver's "Is You Is or Is You Ain't."

36mins

13 Sep 2016

Rank #17

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Episode 95 - I too received identity

Michelle Taransky, Laynie Browne, and Rodrigo Toscano join Al Filreis to talk about Rob Fitterman's "Sprawl."

34mins

8 Dec 2015

Rank #18

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Episode 100 - PoemTalk Retrospective

Al Filreis and seven past PoemTalk guests convene for a special 90-minute celebration of PoemTalk's 100th episode: William Joe Harris, Tracie Morris, erica kaufman, Steve McLaughlin, Maria Damon, Charles Bernstein, and Herman Beavers.

1hr 30mins

17 May 2016

Rank #19

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Episode 101 - With what geometry

Simone White, Sophia Le Fraga, and Andrew Whiteman join Al Filreis to discuss Ed Dorn's "The Sundering U.P. Tracks."

45mins

14 Jun 2016

Rank #20